Sussex has some great gardens, many close to excellent walks but also perfect in themselves for a bit more wandering!
Borde Hill – botanic garden and park with children’s adventure playground near Haywards Heath
Great Dixter House & Gardens – 15th Century house and family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd
Groombridge Place – moated manor house and enchanted forest garden in Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells, straddling the Kent/Sussex border
High Beeches – woodland and water garden
Highdown Gardens – free to visit gardens set in a former chalkpit, best in Spring and early summer, and to combine with a walk up to Highdown Hill and a visit to the Highdown Tea Gardens. Good for families.
Nymans – English garden developed from the late 19th century, with evocatively ruined house
Pashley Manor Gardens – Tudor fronted house, romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings, fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds
Sheffield Park – landscape garden, best known for its lakes and autumnal colours
Standen – Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden
Sussex Prairie Garden – six acre garden with naturalistic planting a few miles from Henfield
Wakehurst Place – Kew’s country Garden in West Sussex
West Dean Gardens – nineteenth century Gothic house, designed by James Wyatt, with a twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden, near Chichester
Many of Sussex’s historic sights also have gardens and parkland